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Little Birds (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Anais Nin
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28 Feb 2002 Penguin Modern Classics

Anaïs Nin's Little Birds is published in Penguin Modern Classics.

Anaïs Nin's second volume of erotic short stories after Delta of Venus, Little Birds is broader in scope, encompassing the entire breadth of human sensuality. Each of the 13 stories captures a moment of pure desire, in all its complexity and paradoxical simplicity.

Anaïs Nin (1903-77), born in Paris, was the daughter of a Franco-Danish singer and a Cuban pianist. Her first book - a defence of D. H. Lawrence - was published in the 1930s. Her prose poem, House of Incest (1936) was followed by the collection of three novellas, collected as Winter of Artifice (1939). In the 1940s she began to write erotica for an anonymous client, and these pieces are collected in Delta of Venus and Little Birds (both published posthumously). During her later years Anaïs Nin lectured frequently at universities throughout the USA, in 1974 and was elected to the United States National Institute of Arts and Letters.

If you enjoyed Little Birds, you might like Nin's Delta of Venus, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'One of the most extraordinary and unconventional writers of this century'

The New York Times Book Review


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (28 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141183403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141183404
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) was born in Paris and aspired at an early age to be a writer. An influential artist and thinker, she wrote primarily fiction until 1964, when her last novel, Collages, was published. She wrote The House of Incest, a prose-poem (1936), three novellas collected in The Winter of Artifice (1939), short stories collected in Under a Glass Bell (1944), and a five-volume continuous novel consisting of Ladders to Fire (1946), Children of the Albatross (1947), The Four-Chambered Heart (1950), A Spy in the House of Love (1954), and Seduction of the Minotaur (1961). These novels were collected as Cities of the Interior (1974). She gained commercial and critical success with the publication of the first volume of her diary (1966); to date, fifteen diary volumes have been published. Her most commercially successful books were her erotica published as Delta of Venus (1977) and Little Birds (1979). Today, her books are appearing digitally, most notably with the anthology The Portable Anais Nin (2011).

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PRAISE FOR LITTLE BIRDS"[It is] so distinct an advance in the depiction of female sensuality that I felt, on reading it, enormous gratitude."-Alice Walker

About the Author

Anais Nin (1903-1977) was a French-born author of Catalan, Cuban and Danish descent. She became famous for her erotica, as well as for her published diaries, which span more than sixty years, beginning when she was eleven years old and ending shortly before her death.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Read Delta of Venus first... 15 Mar 2008
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
... as this is the second volume in all senses, not least as the lesser in terms of writing. Having said that it is still almost unique as an exploration of female sexuality encompassing the taboo and the almost perverse but in a way that is exhilerating rather than exploitative.

I've only given it three stars because it doesn't keep to the high standard of Delta of Venus which is intoxicating for both its breadth and its glittering, perfumed prose.

This reads like a second pick by the publishers in light of the success of the first book. Still an excellent, mind-expanding read, just not as good as the first...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little Birds 24 July 2009
Format:Paperback
Delta of Venus is the better book in my opinion but, nonetheless, this is another excellent book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The opposite of tame 22 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
You would be forgiven for thinking perhaps that one of the first published female writers of this genre would be a little tame, reserved, or timid. This collection of short stories is anything but tame, and for me personally, a little too much.
Good use of the english language though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cheers 30 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
all good with this product, many thanks for sending this out quickly. Really pleased with it. A classic to keep.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Paper cover really low quality 9 July 2012
By xellpan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Delivery was bad - it took more than two weeks to reach destination, and delivery fee was expensive for such service - and when I open the envelope I discover a really bad quality paper cover (not plastified, literally plane hard paper printed in bad quality). Quite disappointed with this purchase.
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